New separation period for positive COVID-19 case and quarantine time for close contacts – Minister Khairy

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PUTRAJAYA JAN.15: The Ministry of Health (MOH) is introducing new procedures effective 16th January 2022 for the separation of positive COVID-19 cases and all types of variants and the quarantine order for close contacts of COVID-19 including Omicron variant.

MOH Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin said, the procedures are applicable to those undergoing separation and quarantine while the existing procedure for travellers that have just arrived in Malaysia is still applicable.

Khairy added, based on data, science and experiences of other countries related to the management of COVID-19 and close contacts to positive cases, MOH has re-evaluated the period of control and monitoring and decided that the new procedures should be implemented.

“The separation of positive COVID-19 cases and all kinds of variants is seven days on fully vaccinated and no symptoms and 10 days on not fully or not vaccinated and no symptom. Health evaluation will be given before a release is granted.

“For the close contact to positive COVID-19 case, the quarantine order including Omicron infection is five days for those who have had the booster dose and seven days for those who are fully vaccinated and not fully vaccinated and have not been vaccinated,” Khairy said in a statement here today.

The Minister added, if there is symptom, then COVID-19 tracing test RTK-Ag should be used whether self or at the health facility nearby to get further treatment.

He said, the self result should be inserted into MySejahtera; to undergo RTK-Ag test whether at the government facility or private on the fifth day (for 5 days quarantine) and the seventh day (for seven days quarantine) and the quarantine will be released on the same day the RTK tracing is made if the result is negative and no symptom. –Malaysia World News

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